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I used Thrifty. Got a 2009 Honda Civic for AED 2,400 per month, including insurance. They deliver the car to you and pick it up when you're ready to return it or when it is due for a service.

Never had any probs with them and would certainly use them again if I have to rent a car.
 

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How much would I expect to pay for a little car (eg: Nissan Micra)?
The cheapest is Discount who charge 1370 a month for a Chevrolet Spark. However, they don't offer CDW and charge an extra 150 for a second driver. So we found that Dollar at 1500 a month for a Lancer (which is also a lot bigger than the spark and has a 1.3 engine (still not massive) compared to a 0.8) with no extra charge for a second driver was cheapest as there are 2 of us. We opted for the CDW at 200 for 3 months as well. Few of the other car hire firms come close for cheap mothly rentals
 

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The cheapest is Discount who charge 1370 a month for a Chevrolet Spark. However, they don't offer CDW and charge an extra 150 for a second driver. So we found that Dollar at 1500 a month for a Lancer (which is also a lot bigger than the spark and has a 1.3 engine (still not massive) compared to a 0.8) with no extra charge for a second driver was cheapest as there are 2 of us. We opted for the CDW at 200 for 3 months as well. Few of the other car hire firms come close for cheap mothly rentals
Thanks for the info, a silly question... what is CDW?
 

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Collision Damage Waiver - if you have an accident (and given the standard of driving in Dubai that's not a huge 'if'), a CDW covers you for the cost of the excess so you need not pay anything.
That sounds like an excellent option, especially if the driving is anything like I experienced in Cairo! Those people drive by feel...
 
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